Minds Open to the Word

Jesus comes in his risen body to his frightened disciples.  At first they think he is a ghost!   What convinces them that it really is Jesus?  When he takes some fish and eats it.  Ghosts don’t do that!

They become so very happy that Jesus is with them.  Then Jesus begins to open their minds so that they can understand the Holy Scriptures.  The Lord wants to do the same for you.  We need God’s help for us to understand what God is saying to us as we read God’s Word everyday.  Before you read the passage from the Bible each day, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you to understand the reading—as though it is written just for you . . . and it is!

Luke 24:36-49

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Example from today’s reading:
“Looking at Your hands and feet”

Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Revised Common Lectionary
During the Easter Season, are read from the Gospel of John.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or tablet! Check the menu options at the site for more information.

Sacred Links to God

Those who wear glasses know how important they are to be able to find their way about in life. Today’s reading tells of the instructions God gave to the special priestly tribe of Levi and how they were to help  people find God in their life. They were to teach the people about those activities in life that were sacred or holy, and those that were not―those activities that helped them to see and find God, and those that didn’t.  These ways included how to worship and to sense a connection to God when offerings were made.  These activities would be like a pair of spiritual glasses to help the people find God by the sacred links to God through spiritual habits of prayer and offerings.

Just as seeing clearly means not only wearing glasses but being sure that they are clean, so the Levites were in charge of being sure that laws of cleanliness were kept by the people.   

When I was a child, we were taught a saying: “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” What will you do that will help you find God more clearly?  What are the activities that can become sacred links to God?

 Leviticus 10:12-20

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Try this as a breath-prayer derived from the sense of today’s reading:
The greater glory of God.

The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship
throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy
that are read each year beginning with autumn.

These Firestarters are for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or tablet! Check the menu options at the site for more information.

Words of Comfort

These Fridays of the Easter Season we are staying with Jesus through his words of comfort and reassurance to his disciples.  Jesus spoke to them at the Last Supper, but we can hear them during the forty days when Jesus was with his disciples between the Resurrection and the Ascension.

In chapter 4 of St. John’s Gospel, Jesus told a thirsty woman that he was living water—spiritual water that bubbles up inside of you.  If you are feeling way inside a thirst for God, then these verses will be like great gulps of fresh, living water for your own soul.  Recall Psalm 63 of this past Wednesday. 

  Once your spiritual thirst is quenched, what can you do to bring this living water to others to help relieve their inner thirst for God?    

Here is a Bible Breath that will help you find comfort in the essence of today’s reading.  Jesus says, “You in me, and I in you.”

John 14:19-31

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Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This year, we generally read from the Gospel of Mark,
except during most of Lent and Easter when we read from the Gospel of John.

These Firestarters are for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or tablet! Check the menu options at the site for more information.